Chinese Ming dynasty,//Hand painting //size29*22 in 81.5*25.5//ShenZhou was a Chinese painter in the Ming dynasty (1368Â–1644).His scholarly upbringing and artistic training had instilled in him a reverence for ChinaÂ’s historical tradition that influenced both his life and his art from an early age. Magnanimous by nature, he was an able poet, essayist, calligrapher, as well as an excellent painter. His work is unsurpassed in all Chinese art for its humane feeling; the gentle and unpretentious figures he introduced give his paintings great appeal (see his Poet on a Mountain Top). Shen Zhou commanded a wide range of styles and techniques, on which he impressed his warm and vigorous personality. In landscape, he often painted in the manner of the Yuan masters, but his interpretations are more clearly structured and firmer in brushwork.